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Published:Sunday | May 13, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Jamaicans like to believe we're exceptional. But, in comparison to our CARICOM cousins, we're really not. When it comes to crime, things are quite dismal in Trinidad and Tobago. And if you thought Barbados was doing well economically, you should...

Published:Sunday | May 13, 2018 | 12:00 AM

On December 8, 2017, while everyone was expressing their wishes for the festive season, the governor general gave his assent to the National Identification and Registration Act 2017 as the majority party in the Lower House had, in effect, voted to...

Published:Sunday | May 13, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It's the nature of how Jamaica conducts its foreign policy these days that we either remain silent or waffle on the big global issues of the day. Like our abstention at the United Nations in the vote over America's decision to move its embassy in...

Published:Saturday | May 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM

St Elizabeth farmers have again found themselves in a glut. With no pesky beet army worm to contend with and mostly good weather this year, farm yields have exploded.The problems of plenty have often frustrated the agriculture-producing powerhouse,...

Published:Saturday | May 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM

We have a tendency to look to the police to solve the social ills that we had ignored for several years until they became a complete bane of our existence. What a predicament wi find wiself in, though?The incident in Liguanea about a week ago in...

Published:Saturday | May 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM

"Way you going?" 'St Ann's.' Way we going? 'St Ann's.' Why we going there? We mad, we mad, we mad ... . This excerpt from David Rudder's song, Madness, is about the mix of desperation and delight, fuelled by heady music and even headier alcohol,...

Published:Friday | May 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Sunday coming is celebrated in Jamaica as Mother's Day. It always falls within the month of May, which is celebrated as Child Month. Wednesday gone was celebrated as Teachers' Day, which always falls within Education Week. And so this week, this...

Published:Friday | May 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It wasn't even a nine-day wonder. Cho! Apologies and regrets have already been so thoroughly furnished that those of us who intended to enjoy the spectacle are out of luck. Even writing about it now, barely two weeks after, seems like talking about...

Published:Friday | May 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

This newspaper believes that prime ministers and opposition leaders ought to have the power to recall persons they cause to be appointed to the Senate. For not only are these appointees likely to be members or supporters of the party of the leader...

Published:Friday | May 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I write in response to architect Clifton Yap's letter addressed to the prime minister of Jamaica, dated Tuesday, April 24, 2018, regarding the proposed plans for National Heroes Park.We note the concerns outlined in your letter, albeit which also...

Published:Thursday | May 10, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The possibility of giving the Government a bloody nose is no doubt among the incentives of the People's National Party (PNP) going to court over the proposed National Identification System (NIDS).Approach to politics than disruptive street action,...

Published:Thursday | May 10, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Towards the end of the 1990s, a well-known druggist and gunrunner with roots in the north coastal area of Jamaica wanted to make a key ally of his look good. His friend was a superintendent of police newly transferred to his area of operations.The...

Published:Thursday | May 10, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Today, my daughter, Deon, graduates from the University of Miami, with a PhD in biomedical engineering with a major in medical physics. The road to this moment was paved with struggles and setbacks.After coming fifth in the island in CAPE physics as...

Published:Thursday | May 10, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Prime Minister's (PM's) recent lamentations regarding the level of inefficiency in the public sector and the unnecessary bureaucracy confounding local authorities and other government agencies, whilst accurately describing the malaise dogging...

Published:Wednesday | May 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The following is an excerpt from Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett's contribution to the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives yesterday.Despite global, regional and local disruptions such as climate change, pandemics, terrorism, crime...

Published:Wednesday | May 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Fifteen shot, seven fatally, among them two young children, in one small town in a single day - that is Grange Hill's horror story that no other community would want to go through.But does it justify the comment reportedly made by National Security...

Published:Wednesday | May 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It is a truism that what we put in is what we will get out; what we sow is what we will undoubtedly reap. We as a nation cannot be sowing seeds of the devil and not expect to reap all types of atrocities.It satisfies us when we are esteemed a godly...

Published:Wednesday | May 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Nigel Clarke is to deliver a major policy speech tomorrow in which he is expected to map out the outlines of an expanded architecture for the post-International Monetary Fund (IMF) oversight of Jamaica's fiscal affairs.Dr Clarke is the finance...

Published:Tuesday | May 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There are as yet no data on the numbers of them mounted in motor vehicles in Jamaica. But as this newspaper reported on Sunday, an increasing number of people are installing dashboard cameras in their cars.Mostly, they are intended by their owners...

Published:Tuesday | May 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM

One of the most accurate readers of a domino game was Dessie, but even he was sometimes fallible, especially when his partner was the Dunce.Dessie posed double-six; Gene Autry contributed six-five; and the Dunce five-four. My only play was six-four...

Published:Tuesday | May 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Gleaner of May 4, 2018, reported the prime minister as saying that his administration had gone past planning and was now at the stage of implementation, and he would not be disclosing a detailed crime plan to the organised criminals. He also...

Published:Tuesday | May 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM

As many of us suffer directly and vicariously from the trauma associated with the loss of loved ones to gun crime, I am beginning to wonder if the solution has been staring at us all along. I am led to this contemplation by the stance taken by the...

Published:Monday | May 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Imagine you have lived in a community for most of your life, and you suddenly hear word to remove yourself, probably dismantle your family, because the neighbourhood is to be modernised. You will just have to move. And go where? You don't count...

Published:Monday | May 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Even as we endorse Nigel Clarke's exhortation of Jamaicans towards post-IMF economic independence, it would be sensible, this newspaper believes, for Jamaica to enter another Fund agreement to lock in the fiscal discipline the country has exercised...

Published:Monday | May 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Hey, my yout, I wonder if unnu really know weh unna a do. Unnu no tyad fi dead? For generations unna talk bout how Babylon downpress unnu. Then it was all bout how the 'big man dem control tings'. Think, my general, think! Who downpressing who now?...

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